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Destroyer of Worlds

Kingdom of the Serpent
Book 3

Mark Chadbourn

383 pp • ISBN: 978-1-61614-617-7
Trade Paperback • $17.95
April 2012
Cover Illustration: ©John Picacio

A quest of epic reach spans the globe under the mythologies of five great cultures

It is the beginning of the end . . . the end of the axe-age, the sword-age, leading to the passing of gods and men from the universe. As all the ancient prophecies fall into place, the final battle rages, on Earth, across Faerie, and into the Land of the Dead. Jack Churchill, Champion of Existence, must lead the Brothers and Sisters of Dragons in a last, desperate assault on the Fortress of the Enemy to confront the ultimate incarnation of destruction: the Burning Man. It is humanity’s only chance to avert the coming extinction.

At his back is an army of gods culled from the world’s great mythologies—Greek, Norse, Chinese, Aztec, and more. But will even that be enough?

Driven to the brink by betrayal, sacrifice, and death, his allies fear Jack may instead bring about the very devastation he is trying to prevent.


"…an author whose work has redefined the boundaries of dark fantasy. The colossal story has never been less than fascinating, and at times easily rivaled the most riveting, original work of the genre. …Breath-taking, beguiling and very British, I can recommend Destroyer of Worlds and the entire trilogy of trilogies, as books which any serious reader of dark fantasy should have in their collections."
—SF Site

"An immense work of scope and majesty. What appeals about the book is the author's ability to deal in myth and to apply it to a modern story. . . . The story is gripping, the characters involving, and the main villain is a nasty piece of work. An excellent effort from a very exciting author. One thing is certain: the future of fantasy is safe in the hands of Mark Chadbourn."
–The Specusphere

Praise for the Kingdom of the Serpent series:

"The first book in the remix of Mark Chadbourn's work offers a more gritty take on a war between good, evil and indifference. Think the spirit of V for Vendetta mixed with Neal Stephenson's historicism and infused by the spirit of Shakespeare's Puck: a featured character certain to invigorate future books."

Mark Chadbourn

A two-time winner of the British Fantasy Award, Mark Chadbourn is the critically-acclaimed author of eleven novels and one non-fiction book.  A former journalist, he is now a screenwriter for BBC television drama.  His other jobs have included running an independent record company, managing rock bands, working on a production line, and as an engineer's 'mate'.  He lives in a forest in the English Midlands.

Visit Mark Chadbourn's Web site at

See also Jack of Ravens, Book 1 of the Kingdom of the Serpent series, and The Burning Man, Book 2 of the Kingdom of the Serpent series;
and Darkest Hour, Always Forever, and World's End, the novels in Chadbourn's Age of Misrule series;
and The Devil in Green, The Queen of Sinister, and The Hounds of Avalon, the novels in Chadbourn's Dark Age series; and The Silver Skull and The Scar-Crow Men, the novels in Chadbourn's Swords of Albion series.